Genus and Species: Ara ararauna
The Blue-and-gold macaw is named for its beautiful blue body with a dark lemon-yellow chest. It is also known as the blue-and-yellow macaw. It has a black beak with a strip of green feathers just above it and a feathery black “beard” just below it.
Blue-and-gold macaws are important seed eaters in tropical forests. They can have an influence on forest dynamics through eating and spreading seeds.
The fruit of the Jabillo tree is a favourite for macaws and palm trees provide a perfect hiding place to avoid predators like eagles.
Around the world:
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela